Amsterdam has many excellent restaurants, cafes and bars to suit every budget and taste - from Michelin star establishments to cheap self-service restaurants. Dutch cuisine is not exactly world renowned - with a menu usually based on meat or fish, potatoes and vegetables - and some additional influences from both Mediterranean and Indonesian cuisine. Other typical Dutch foods include pancakes, split-pea soup, raw herring and Flemish chips with mayonnaise.
To sample authentic local cuisine try eating in a simple Dutch eetcafe (literally a café-bar which serves food, equivalent to pub food). For good Chinese and Thai food head to the area around Zeedijk not far from Central station.
The top restaurants in Amsterdam include Ciel Bleu at the Okura, Ron Blaauw on Kerkstraat and La Rive at the Amstel. Jamie Oliver's Fifteen is also popular and there are a few very good Japanese teppanyaki restaurants in town as well.
There are plenty of options for vegetarians and those seeking organic food. For visitors on a budget there are many places to grab a decent, cheap meal whilst avoiding the "junk food" chains. Note, no smoking laws are in force in bars and restaurants (and all public buildings and workplaces) throughout the Netherlands.
|Organic Restaurants in Amsterdam|
|Listing of establishments with organic menus.|
|Organic Food Shopping in Amsterdam|
|Our guide to shopping and eating healthy in Amsterdam.|
|De Kas Restaurant|
|Unique organic restaurant in a converted greenhouse.|
|Betty's Vegetarian Restaurant|
|Small organic veggie restaurant in Amsterdam south.|
|7 Cheap Eats in Amsterdam|
|Suggestions for budget meals out in Amsterdam.|
|Excellent, cheap Italian self-service chain restaurant with 2 locations.|
|V&D La Place Restaurant Rokin|
|Popular self-service restaurant with good fresh food at reasonable prices.|
|V&D La Place OBA Library|
|Great views from this 7th floor restaurant at Amsterdam library.|
|Self-service restaurant in the Bijenkorf department store near Dam square.|
|Bagels & Beans|
|Excellent bagels, juices and coffee at this Dutch café chain.|
|Wagamama in Amsterdam|
|Popular international noodle bar chain with 3 locations in Amsterdam.|
|Other Restaurants / Cafés:|
|Large Turkish / Arabic style restaurant in De Pijp district.|
|De Jaren Grand Café|
|Cool café hangout near Muntplein with restaurant and outdoor terrace.|